Divide Your Daylilies

Gardening Tips

Daylilies are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care. Daylilies adapt to a wide range of soil and light conditions. They establish quickly, grow vigorously, and survive winters with little or no damage.


Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. Some of the newer varieties have flowers that open in the evening and remain open until the evening of the following day. Many of these night blooming plants are delightfully fragrant. Each daylily plant produces an abundance of flower buds that open over a long period of time. There are many varieties, a wide range of flower colours, and the flowers continue during the heat of the summer.

Daylilies are useful in the perennial flower border, planted in large masses, or as a ground cover on slopes, where they form a dense mat in just a few years. They usually grow between one to four feet in height and produce numerous flower buds that are showy over a long period. Daylilies are hardy perennials.

How To Divide Daylilies

  • To dig up a daylily clump, take a garden spade with a nice sharp blade.
  • Stick it into the ground around the perimeter of the plant. Get as much of the root ball as possible.
  • Use your spade as a lever, and pop the root ball out of the ground.
  • To divide daylilies, cut a large clump in half.
  • Set the clumps in a wheelbarrow.
  • Separate each clump into several small plants with a sharp garden knife.
  • Place one division back in the hole, and shovel soil into the hole.
  • Spread mulch around the plant, and water the plant.

Dividing daylilies can improve the look of your garden and keep your plants healthy. The best time to divide your Daylilies is in the spring or autumn.

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